Fox News Channel blowhard Bill O'Reilly and fellow Foxie Geraldo Rivera were in a heated argument on last night's edition of The O'Reilly Factor. The tiff was about a drunk driving illegal alien in Virginia killing someone and devolved into yelling and actual finger pointing with Geraldo starting out by pointing out to Bill that he was wrong. Since we usually avoid cable "news" like the plague, we were tipped to this morning, saw a bit on Fox 5 Midday, and was given a YouTube link. We can only imagine what MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, who is a foe of O'Reilly, is going to say on his show tonight.
Kudos to WNBC's Investigations Unit
We have really been impressed by Jonathan Dienst and WNBC's investigative team the past few weeks. Last week they broke the story of what and when Rudy Giuliani knew about Bernard Kerik's links to Interstate Industrial, a company with alleged mafia ties.
This week they broke the story of the aforementioned Interstate Industrial working on the new Yankee Stadium project, despite being banned from contracts in New York City and Atlantic City. We should mention that the stadium project is considered a private development, despite the millions of dollars of public funds going into it and WNBC noted that the contractor Turner Construction said, "Interstate is being paid only with the Yankees' private money."
No Love From 5 to 4
Fox 5 is running a promo that is an indirect attack at WNBC's News 4 You. The promo doesn't mention WNBC's 5:30 p.m. newscast by name but does offer up some subtle hints as to who the target is. Richard Huff in today's Daily News reminds us of the similarity to the WCBS promo from two years ago which had John Bolaris in a boxing ring with a Sam Champion doppelganger noting, "The management team at Ch. 2 at the time of the Champion spot now runs Ch. 5."
NBC's New York City set and filmed comedy 30 Rock has been picked up for another season.